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School decision rests with new board

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The Altoona Area High School building project is on track to be advertised to construction bidders in February and four newcomers to the school board could determine that milestone vote. The new high school building, which has been a year and a half in the making, is estimated to cost $88 ...

Recreation commission considers local dog park

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It doesn’t take much sniffing around the website of the Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission to realize the commission is big on variety. There are programs for baseball, basketball, baton, self-defense, disc golf, skating, swimming, tennis, volleyball and zumba. All of the ...

AWA considering biosolids options

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Altoona Water Authority officials have learned their best option for getting rid of the solid residue of sewer treatment is rapidly becoming impractical. Currently, the authority uses a centrifuge to “dewater” sludge to create Class B biosolids, which it spreads on farm fields — after ...

Like life, class reunions change over the years

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It’s summertime, and in addition to the many graduation photographs appearing in the paper, there will also be a lesser number of high school reunion photographs. High school reunions are kind of like the record keepers of high school graduations. Normally scheduled every five years, they ...

Hurdles still remain for Rep. Shuster’s air plan

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A hearing Wednesday in Congress highlighted the steep challenges that remain for Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, and his effort to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system. Shuster’s plan got a boost in March when President Donald Trump publicly called for the system’s ...

Court upholds father’s loss of parental rights

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A father of two children has lost his parental rights because he admitted during a hearing before Blair County Judge Wade A. Kagarise last year that since 2012 he had seen them only “once in a blue moon.” The father testified he had about four contacts with the children since 2012 and ...

Area briefs

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HOLLIDAYSBURG Allegheny Street Cruise-In set The Downtown Hollidaysburg Allegheny Street Cruise-In, sponsored by Stuckey Ford & Subaru, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. The Hollidaysburg Community Partnership said entertainment will be provided by The Fabulous Flashbacks. All ...

Festival marks 50th anniversary

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Despite cold temperatures and a gray, overcast sky, warm colors and creativity flourished Saturday on the Penn State Altoona campus, where art enthusiasts gathered for the 50th annual Blair County Arts Festival. Each year, about 10,000 people attend the two-day arts festival, which has ...

Coroner identifies Cambria County man, 60, connected to standoff

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A man who killed himself Friday following a 20-hour standoff in his Ashville-area home has been identified by Blair County’s coroner. Ralph Lewis, 60, of Cambria County died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest, Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross said Saturday. His death ...

Marriage licenses

Public Records

Editor’s note: The following infor­mation was provided by the prothonotary’s offices at area county courthouses. Blair County Billy B.J. Kovalcik and Mary K. McCabe, both of Claysburg. Gregory S. Larrimore and Lisa M. Shandor, both of Altoona. Brad L. Lewis and Jerome A. R. ...

Divorces

Public Records

Editor’s note: The following infor­mation was provided by the prothonotary’s offices at area county courthouses. Blair County PLOWMAN — Richard H. Jr., Blandburg; Rachel D., Altoona. Married Nov. 15, 1997. CLAAR — Thea M.; Darin B., both of Claysburg. Married Nov. 14, ...

Success for pastry chef from Barnesboro puts icing on the cake

Local Business

Paul Berendt remembers a night several years ago when he came home from a high school football game at Ellwood City High school, where he was the band director. “My wife had gone to bed. I was scanning around the TV in bed, it was 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning, then the Food Network came ...

Police: No more arrests in Starr case

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No additional victims have surfaced, and there will be no additional arrests in the state police investigation of an Altoona police officer accused of various schemes to get money to feed his gambling habit, state police said this week. Altoona police Sgt. Matthew Starr was arrested May 9 ...

Standoff ends following suicide

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A man killed himself Friday afternoon after a 20-hour standoff that drew heavily armed police teams to an Ashville-area home. State police said local officers tried to serve court papers on a man at 263 Amsbry Road, Gallitzin Township, on Thursday. The man “threatened himself with a ...

Man who fired gun at officers receives sentence

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair Township man who fired a rifle at local police officers responding to a domestic incident will spend five to 10 years in a state prison. Byron Lee Snyder, 35, who has been in the Blair County Prison since his Nov. 14, 2015, arrest, entered guilty pleas Friday to ...

Ott secures Democratic nomination

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Three candidates who won the Republican nomination for Blair County offices in Tuesday’s primary have also won Democratic nominations by write-in votes, unofficial results show. Duncansville Police Chief James Ott, who won the Republican nomination for sheriff, secured the ...

Penn Cambria budget shows $1M deficit

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CRESSON — Penn Cambria School Board members this week approved a tentative 2017-18 general fund budget, which includes a more than $1 million deficit but forgoes a real estate tax increase. “It is a fiscally conservative budget that maintains programs in the district,” district business ...

Repaying loan early to save Cambria $100K

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JOHNSTOWN — Cambria County officials are able to quickly pay off a debt, which should save $100,000 in interest fees, they announced at a Thursday meeting inside the Cambria County Library. That debt is in the form of a tax anticipation loan, county Controller Ed Cernic said. A tax ...

Committee delays hiring coordinator

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The Intergovernmental Stormwater Committee has postponed hiring a coordinator, after advertisements netted no qualified applicants. Six potential candidates responded to the ads, including some with government backgrounds, but none had “true” experience in the field of Municipal Separate ...

AT&T workers protest contract proposals

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AT&T workers who are members of Commun­ications Workers of America walked off the job Friday afternoon to protest AT&T’s contract proposals. “We are fighting for jobs and benefits and for AT&T to stop outsourcing jobs,” said Josh Aboud, local representative for CWA Local ...